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APPENDIX—To Gales £5? Beaton's Megister.
■ 18th Congress,
?"• 2d Session.
Documents accompanying the Presidents Message,
[Sen. and H. of R.
that act, I leave it with confidence to your own sense
of honor and equity to determine.
The sanction of this government of the original pro-
visions of the treaty in full, was the equivalent to be re-
ceived by his Majesty, for his performance of the condi-
tion required of him, namely, his sanction of an Act of
Parliament, declaring the slave trade piracy. Those
provisions have been, in part rejected, in part modified,
by this government; and yet His Maj* sty is still willing*
to abide by his original agreement, provided this Go-
vernment will recede from one, alone, of the various
amendments made by them in the treaty.
I might here cite as a proof, if proof were necessary, of
the unlimited confidence which His majesty reposed in
the good faith of the government of this republic, and
their sincerity in wishing to execute the treaty signed by
their Plenipotentiary in London—a treaty, I repeat, pro-
jected in conformity with the express recommendation
of the House of Representatives—that His Majesty affix-
ed, without delay, his own ratification to the treaty, in
the full security of that instrument being equally invest-
ed with that of this government. No shadow of a sus
picion ever entered, ever could enter, His Majesty's
mind, that that ratification could be withheld, in whole
or in part.
Under all the circumstances of the case, sir, I cannot
but feel an entire conviction, that the se;:se of justice,
and the right feelings wliich animate the American Go-
vernment, will lead them to accede, without hesitation,
to the proposition now submitted to them on the part of
His Majesty, and that the President will find no difficul-
ty in sanctioning the conclusion of a treaty, the provi-
sions of which must eventually result in such incalcula-
ble benefits to a most oppressed and afflicted portion of
the human race.
With this conviction, T need not assure you, sir, of mv
readiness to wait upon you at any time which you may
think fit to appoint, in order to give effect to he instruc-
tions which 1 have received from His Majesty's Secreta-
ry of State, by affixing mv signature to the convention,
as newly modelled.
E beg, sir, that you will receive the assurances of my
II. U. ADDINGTON.
Secretary of State to JWr. ddington.
Department of State,
Washington, 4th December, 1824.
Sir: Your note of the 6th nit. has been submitted
to the consideration of the President of the United
States. While regretting that it has not been found
confor oabie to the views of His Britannic Majesty's Go
vernment, to concur in the ratification of the conven-
tion for the suppression of the slave trade, as recom-
mended by the advice and consent of the Senate of the
United States, he has thought it most advisable, with re-
ference to the success of the object common to both
governments, and in which both take the warmest inter-
est, to refer the whole subject to the deliberate advise-
ment of Congress. In postponing, therefore, a definitive
answer to the proposal set forth in your note, I have only
to renew the assurance of the unabated earnestness
with which the government of the United States looks
to the accomplishment of the common purpose ; the
entire extinction of that odious traffic,and to the concert
of effective measures to that end between the United
Btatcs and Great Britain.
I prav you, sir, to accept the assurance of my distin-
JOHN QUINCY ADAMS.
FROM THE WAR DEPARTMENT.
Secretary of War to the President of the XT. Stales.
Department or War,
December 3df 1824.
Sir : In compliance with your directions, I herewith
transmit reports from the various branches of the Military
Establishment, lettered from A to K, which contain a full
statement of the administration of that portion of the pub-
lic service which is confided to the Department of War.
The reports afford satisfactory evidence, that a high de-
gree ol excellence has been attained in the administra-
tion of the different branches of the Department. Not
an instance of defalcation, or loss, has thus far occurred,
and there is every reason to believe that the disburse-
ments of the year will he made without the loss of a cent
to the Government. The accounts have already been
rendered for nearly all the money which has been
drawn from the Treasury in the three first quarters of
the year, on account of the army, fortifications, ord-
nance, and Indian affairs, and it is anticipated, with con-
fidence, that the accounts of the whole of the disburse-
ments, these quarters, will be rendered before the ter-
mination ot the year. The old unsettled accounts of the
Department which, at the commencement of the pre-
sent administration, amounted to $45,111,123, have been
reduced to $3,136,991 ; and further accumulation is ef-
fectually prevented in the Department by strict fidelity
and punctuality in expenditure and settlement of ac-
in order to improve the discipline of the artillery, ele-
ven companies have been collected at Fortress Monroe,
at Old Point Corntort., which have been formed into a
corps, as a school of practice for the artillery. The dis-
persed condition of the artillery rendered the measure
necessary for the improvement of its discipline. By pass-
ing the whole corps, in succession, through the school,
a degree of perfection will be given to the discipline of
the artillery, nearly, if not quite, equal to that which
could be attained, were it practicable to collect it into
one body, instead of being dispersed, as it is, in garri-
sons in the different fortresses along the whole line of
the coast. To carry the arrangement into full effect,
will require the aid ol Congress. An appropriation, in
particular, will be necessary, to furnish horses for in-
struction in the light artillery exercise, which may be
also used in instructing the cavalry drill; a branch of
service in which the army is now without skill or in-
A board of officers has been constituted to revise the
book of field exercise and manoeuvres of infantry, which
was adopted at the close of the late war, in order to a
new and more correct edition ; and to adapt it, as far
as practicable, to the service of militia. It is proposed,
also, to add to it, a system of light infantry and cavalry
drill, and to correct and enlarge the military rules and
regulations, so as to render them as perfect as is practi-
cable with our present experience.
The organization of the Fndian Department has been
much improved in the course of the year ; the bcneficial
effects of which is already apparent in its improved ad-
The hostilities of the remote tribes on the Missouri
still continue, and has extended in some degree to those
on the upper Missouri and the upper lakes. The con-
tinued hostility among the various tribes themselves in
that quarter, it is believed, has contributed, in no small
degree, to the murder of our citizens and depredations
on their property, which have occurred ; and measures
have been taken"to effect, if possible, a general pacifica-
tion among them. i .
The season was too far advanced when the apt passed,
to cairv into effect Uie intention of Congress in author-
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Gales, Joseph, 1761-1841. Register of Debates in Congress, Comprising the Leading Debates and Incidents of the Second Session of the Eighteenth Congress, book, 1825; Washington D.C.. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc30752/m1/403/: accessed April 24, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.